Unite Group plc / Liberty Living Group plc merger inquiry

The CMA is investigating the anticipated acquisition by Unite Group plc of Liberty Living Group plc.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
6 November 2019 Deadline for phase 1 decision (*)
11 September to 25 September 2019 Invitation to comment
11 September 2019 Launch of merger inquiry

(*) This date is the current statutory deadline by when the decision will be announced. If any change occurs, the information is refreshed as soon as practicable. However, the CMA cannot guarantee that the decision will be announced on or before this current deadline, as the deadline of a given case may change during the merger assessment process due to different reasons.

Phase 1

Invitation to comment: closes 25 September 2019

11 September 2019: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction, if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether the creation of that situation may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.

To assist it with this assessment, the CMA invites comments on the transaction from any interested party.

These comments should be provided by the deadline set out above.

Launch of merger inquiry

11 September 2019: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.


Please send written representations about any competition issues to:

Nadia Muhammad
Competition and Markets Authority
The Cabot
25 Cabot Square
E14 4QZ


Published 30 July 2019
Last updated 11 September 2019 + show all updates
  1. Launch of merger inquiry
  2. First published.